Top author visits John Ferneley College

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A best-selling children’s author visited John Ferneley College to talk to pupils about her career as a writer.

Cathy Cassidy, who writes young adult fiction stories spoke to children in Year seven and eight as well as guest Year six students from Brownlow and Somerby primary schools, about her inspiration and early writing days.

She read an extract from her new book, The Looking Glass Girl and told students about her daydreaming that used to lead to her drawing mood-boards about some of the characters mentioned in her books.

Student Codie Hobbill said: “I liked hearing Cathy’s amusing stories. She let me take a selfie with her which was great too!”

Student Katie Hotson added: “I liked hearing about Cathy’s past and how she got into writing. It was funny hearing about her daydreaming stories.”

Before Cathy became a children’s author she used work as a teacher and agony aunt. She wrote for glossy magazines titles such as Shout Magazine and Jackie, a magazine famously named after Jacqueline Wilson. She has also twice won the prestigious ‘Queen of Teen’ award.